CBS New York reports that on June 15 at around 7:30 a.m., two men entered Sam’s News and Candy Store located on 63rd road and 99th street in Rego Park, Queens, New York. One of the suspects started to choke the clerk, Raed Ali, who works at the store. Ali could not defend himself because he lost consciousness from being choked. Once the victim started to regain consciousness, the other suspect threw him down and dragged him across the floor. Then the suspect proceeded to stab Ali in the neck multiple times.
Ali was hospitalized and spent more than 5 days in the intensive care unit for his injuries. The suspect who stabbed Ali was arrested, but police are still searching for the other man. The two men took about $2,000 from the register during the attack.
If you have any information about the attack or the suspects please contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims of store stabbings and shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Banville has shared his thoughts on the legal options available to these victims.
“It is crucial to understand that all owners of commercial properties have a legal duty to keep their patrons and employees safe while on their premises. Legally, property owners are responsible for preventing any reasonably foreseeable violent crime from happening on their property. Therefore, they must provide adequate security such as hiring security guards or installing security cameras. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured or killed due to their negligent security, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner”, explained Mr. Banville.
He went on to describe that the crime must also be considered reasonably foreseeable for the property owner to be held responsible. “A crime may be deemed reasonably foreseeable if a store or the surrounding area had a prior history of violent crime and no security improvements were established. For example, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs due to negligent security at a store with a history of criminal violence, then the store owner may be held liable”, stated Mr. Banville.
If you or a loved has been a victim of a store shooting you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced stabbing crime victim attorney.